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the attack u.s. ambassador chris stevens was worried about safety in libya. >> we never received a request to do, so number one snopa any ta argued that benghazi was just one of many u.s. outposts receiving threats. >> u.s. military has neither the resources nor the responsibility to have a firehouse next to every u.s. facility in the world. >> the white house has provided few detailser the president's actions the night of the benghazi attacks. panetta revealed he briefed him of the attack but the two did not speak again that night. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states didn't call you, defense secretary panetta, and say, how's it going? >> normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of threat? >> let me finish the answer. we were deploying the forces. he knew we were deploying the forces. he was being kept -- >> i hate to interrupt you but we've got limited time. >> the president was well aware of what was going on. make no mistake about it. >> it's a sign that the president was disengaged. panetta says he and others were in t
in maryland or virginia. 270, travel lanes are open. a quiet trip. in frederick there is a closure of u.s. route 40 south of 70. this is near langdon road. there was a crash involving a pickup truck and a car. that is south of interstate 70 on u.s. 340. a good ride on 95. 395, no problems. back to you. >> thank you. we want to update you on a story we brought you yesterday that is continuing to unsold regarding billing pixar oscar pistorius -- th olympie olympics star oscar pistorius. qusseir jummy olabanji. >> we are told that when the judge read the murder charge officially out loud, oscar put his hhead in his hands and began sobbing. his family is there supporting him. and some family members and friends of the victim, 30-year- old reeva steenkamp, a model, his girlfriend. she was shot and killed yesterday in his home. he is charged with her murder. more than 100 people are in the courtroom seats right now including dozens of reporters photographers, and camera people, in south africa. we are expected to get more information with the next hour or so. as soon as we do, we will pass it a
: this is "the new york times" from february 20th. budget cuts seen as risk to growth in the u.s. economy. the cuts, most likely would reduce growth by 1 1/2 of a percentage point in 2013, according to a range of government and private forecasters. that could be enough though to again slow the arrival of a recovery, producing instead another year of sluggish growth and high unemployment. >> guest: well i guess if you take it from "the new york times" perspective you could make that argument because i think they see already a slowing in growth happening and this makes a convenient fall person for bad public policy been in place under four years of obama administration. we have slowed growth. it has been very stagnant. there are a lot of reasons for it. there are a lot of friction points put in place in our economy that need to be fixed. until we get our confess and the president of the united states to work together and begin to remove those friction points we'll continue have slow growth. if you look at a same slide you had up a moment ago ago, shows the sequester on the right hand of tha
. >> and if governor o'malley has his wayne, gun control laws in maryland will be some of the strictest in the u.s. and he is one step closer to achieving the goal. >> a winter storm is moving across the country and people in the midwest are buried in feet of snow. is that storm headed in our direction? that's one of the big things we want to know. thanks for joining us on this friday morning, and happy friday by the way. i am megan pringle. >> i am charley crowson. tgif. what's the weather going to be like for today? into the weekend i understand you are looking at tonight on the drive home for many people. >> exactly. we are going to deal with black ice. but as we start you out. maryland's most powerful radar, this is the storm back off towards the west dumping snow now around chicago and they could see about 6 inches maybe more across the area. but closer here at home, we can see on the southern extent of this, we are getting reports in roane own of light snow coming into the area. this will begin to continue to move into our direction as we go further into the afternoon and also the evening ti
. jennifer, what happened? >> well, with little fanfare, shep, u.s. and nate officials in afghanistan removed from their web site the month-to-month figure saying attacks by the taliban were down by 7% last year. there seemed to be a mistake. a mistake that led to administration officials making statements like this. >> violence levels have been trending downward in the last two years after five years of steady increases beginning in 2006. >> the problem is the attacks weren't trending downward. they were exactly the same as in 2011. an embarrassing admission by the pentagon that the the narrative about how the president's strategy in afghanistan was bearing fruit may have been misleading, shep. >> shepard: they must be making some case at the pentagon in their own defense. >> well, in essence, they blame the afghans. the afghan commanders supposedly forgot to submit their field reports about the attacks so the pentagon data was misleading. >> this is a regrettable error in our database systems that was discovered during a routine quality check. we are making the appropriate ajustments. in sp
. close to 10:00. she wants to know if this goes against some sort of guidelines or protocol. >> the u.s. census bureau gave us this answer. it surveys americans even during years when there's not a door to door census. representatives for the census are trained to contact respondent when they're most likely to be home which does include evenings and weekends. all of the training doesn't specifically instruct the reps not to call or visit after 9:00 p.m. the telephone centers outbound call system does prevent them from calling respondent after 9:00 unless the respondent specifically requests a call after that time. consumers have a question about the census, they are encouraged to call in 800-354-7271. so basically, they're not supposed to, but they can. if you have questions to consider for ask liz, put it to ask lis@nbcwashington.com. connect with me on twitter. on facebook searching liz crenshaw's consumer watch. coming up at 5:00, what happened to the pre-printed gear made for the team that loses the super bowl. where can you recycle an old vacuum cleaner and what happens behind the
before attack u.s. ambassador chris stevens was worried about security in libya. >> did you receive that information? >> i did and i saw -- >> so it didn't poertbother you? >> it bothered me a great deal. >> why didn't you put forces in place to be ready to respond? >> because we never received a request to do so. >> he reported benghazi was one of u.s. outposts receiving threats. >> the u.s. military has neither the resources nor the responsibility to have a firehouse next to every u.s. facility in the world. >> reporter: the white house has provided few details about the president's actions the night of the benghazi attacks. panetta revealed he briefed the president at the start of the attack, but the two men did not speak again that night. >> are you surprised that the president of the united states never called you, secretary panetta to say, how's it going? >> you know normally in these situations -- >> did he know the level of threat -- >> let me finish the answer. we were deploying the forces. he knew we were deploying the forces. he was being kept -- >>
will touch on other topics tonight, including north korea's latest news clear test. and 34,000 u.s. troops in afghanistan will bring home by this time nbc year. he'll also be talking about new gun laws. several gun violence victims will be guests at the state of the union. a teacher that survived the sandy hook shooting will be in the first lady's box. former congresswoman gabrielle giffords and her husband are joining the arizona delegation. on capitol hill, tara mergener, wjz eyewitness news. >>> an anne arundel county teen will sit with the first lady and vice president biden during tonight's state of the union address. 16-year-old jack andraka, won an international science fair. remember this? by creating a sensor to depancreatic cancer early. he's an incredible kid. and you can watch this tonight. coverage begins at 9:00 tonight. >>> wjz is following more breaking news. we will get back to you in just a moment. in the meantime, there was a tanker truck fire as we told you about. still ahead on eyewitness news tonight -- >> yeah. we have
of the range of the u.s. radar. nova scotia is getting a lot of snow right now. we cannot reach it on the radar. you can see snow up in the state of maine. cape cod is still getting snow. 1,500 miles to the west in missouri and arkansas, oklahoma, texas, into nebraska, there is something new. it is a new storm. the entire weather pattern has shifted to make it easier for a nor'easter to develop. this storm was the leading edge of that. there could be several more this month. but it's a pattern is developing. >> a pattern for developing these things is out there. >> i do not think this storm will follow that group. at the end of the week, there is something that looks suspicious. we will have to see how it develops. >> thank you so much for the latest on the weather. the storms. maryland us know. we saw plenty of wind. that led to plenty of power outages in the greater baltimore area. crews have restored power to about 4000 homes in the last 24 hours. utilities are reported only 64 homes without electricity at this hour. stay informed any time severe weather strikes. download our smartphone app.
. >> airlines are canceling hundreds of flights. according to cnn, nearly 3000 u.s. flights have been cancelled for friday and saturday. airlines are offering waivers. the expected snow and wind prompted amtrak to halt service between new york and boston friday afternoon. so far, the northeast corridor south of new york is not affected. >> left in look at the forecast -- to get a look at the forecast. >> the red shaded region from coast of maine to boston down to providence and into new york city, the area there, blizzard warning. that is where the worst of the storm will be tomorrow night into saturday morning. it has two parts. one coming up from the carolinas and the midwest. they will combine. it will brush past our area. the winter weather advisory in effect for rain, sleet, and snow tomorrow morning and perhaps more snow tomorrow night. more details coming up. > >> you can track the storms anywhere you are. our own and enjoy it aps. -- try our new iphone and android apps. >> embarrassing and expensive commission for st. joseph medical center. they submitted false claims to medicare and me
of the proudest times in my years in the u.s. senate is when a former vietnam friend spent a little time. . i was proud of the g.i. bill because we were able to get to world war ii veterans, jim webb and chuck hagel, we got together and we got the boat and passed the bill. that is the way things should work or this country. the objective was not to get jim webb or chuck hagel any credit. the inductive was to do something for the country, -- the objective was to do something for the country on the do something for the people. this kind of attention, this kind of recognition -- much of my life has been about doing everything i can in some way to help veterans and their families, whether it was a program or whatever it was. i'm proud of that. i'm more proud of that than anything else i have been involved in. i'm proud of my background and my career, like all of you are. nothing makes me prouder or has ever made me prouder. to each of you in this room, as of you who are watching this around the world, i say to you, thank you. thank you to you for your service and sacrifices. i will do everything
relations between the u.s. and iran. >> the oscar-nominated movie "argo" has put a spotlight back on that crisis and on the secretive nation, as well. abc's david muir was invited to take a look inside iran. >> we have just landed. >> reporter: we landed in iran in a country where american journalists are rarely allowed to visit. and rarer still, we were given access to the people, the streets of tehran. above ground, a bustling city of 12 million. [ horn honking ] below ground, we discover a gleaming subway system, far quieter and cleaner than the subways of new york city. and there was something else very different. this says women only here. the back of the train reserved for women. beyond the trains, the traffic, everywhere you look there's something else on the move, the prices. skyrocketing inflation. their currency losing 80% of its value in just the last year. u.s.-led sanctions tying an economic noose around iran. >> i think it hurts the people. >> reporter: the iranian people. >> plus, i think, the normal people. >> reporter: the relationship between the u.s. and iran ne
. >> reporter: the headline could be the obama announcement that he will bring home 34,000 u.s. forces from afghanistan. but he will warn that the military could be hurt by spending cuts march 1. the sequester. outside of the capitol, union members protested the automatic cuts that would also hit social services. preventing sequester cuts requires a deal on taxes and spending that the president has called for in previous state of the union speeches. there is no agreement. >> we have a spending debt crisis, not a revenue debt crisis. got to make the right diagnosis. >> reporter: obama prescription is to spend more to put americans back to work and pay for that by higher tax owes the wealthy. liberal agenda he laid out at his naug rl and angering republican. >>ing things that -- position him on the far left of the political spectrum is not a operate way to achieve accomplishments out of divided government. >> reporter: the president will push measures to stop gun violence like the shooting death of 15-year-old pendleton in january in chicago. >> her murder is heartbreak iin >> you guys signed
of the united states. >> president obama tells the joint session of congress the u.s. economic recovery is well underway. >> the state of our union is stronger. [ applause ]. >> the president focused on the middle class and millions of americans still looking for work. >> it is our unfinished task to make sure that this government works on behalf of the many and not just the few. >> gun laws were also a theme of the night. the first lady and members of congress invited victims of gun violence to join them in the chamber. the president outlined his plan to bring 34,000 troops home from afghanistan by this time next year. that's half of the u.s. force there. >> after a decade of grinding war, our brave men and women in uniform are coming home. >> and tonight the senator mark rubio responded saying president obama's plans would be worse not better for small businesses and the middle class. >>> a hartford county school employee is accused of having sex with 15-year-old boy while she was a teaching assistant. investigators say they had sex in her car and the boy's driveway. a number of nude pictures
adopting children as retaliation for u.s. sanctions and political issues. last month judges ruled the adoptions could continue. despite fears of more delays, the families can return home can their new children. at the live desk, i'm keith russell. glue and the grammy goes to. babel. >> mumford and sons takes home the album of the year. for somebody that i used to know, and pop rock's fun got best new artist and song of the year. they kept coming up and up on stage a lot. >>> they sure did. the ratings are in. last night's broadcast got the second highest ratings in a decade. >> joining us with a look at some of the highlights billy, rihanna, she performed twice last night. a lot of folks are talking about her cozying up with chris brunell last night. >> yeah, well, it was four years ago to the day, well, the night before the grammys in 2009, where rihanna didn't make it to the show because she was beaten pretty severely. it's uncomfortable for something watching them could noodling away. the interview on the carpet, and it was not even brought up. there they were, back in love. th
. >> whew. meredith: important cities is your next category. what u.s. state has the most populous capital? arizona, massachusetts, texas, georgia? >> i am struggling on this one. i'm going back and forth between a couple answers. whew. oh, man. i'm trying to remember state capitals now, and i'm drawing a blank up here. uh...i think i'm gonna ask the audience on this one. meredith: no problem. audience, mathew needs your help. on your keypads, vote now. 40% say georgia, massachusetts with 28, texas 22. i don't know. what were you--you said you were kind of torn. >> i was going back and forth between...between massachusetts and georgia. i think i need to skip it. i need to stay in the game. i think i need to skip the question. i'm gonna jump. meredith: we're gonna jump this question. it is out of play. let's see if georgia was the right answer. it was not. it was arizona. phoenix, arizona. >> wow. meredith: wow. >> wow. meredith: pretty much stumped everybody here. it's a good thing that you did jump it. >> yeah. meredith: let's hope you didn't jump a lot of money, but jump over a lot of mo
low. >>> a settlement tonight between st. joseph medical center and the government. according to u.s. attorney, the hospital will pay $4.9 million in connection with its submission of false claim tols medicare, medicaid, and other federal healthcare programs. st. joseph had voluntarily disclosed that it had engaged in a practice of admitting patients to a hospital, unnecessarily. >>> an important investigative tool, a violation of your privacy. should the mta be allowed to record audio on their surveillance cameras on buses. wjz is live in northwest baltimore. that question is now befo lawmakers in annapolis. gigi? >> well, some bus drivers and passengers say a trip on the bus can be a dangerous situation and there is plenty of surveillance video to prove it. now that the mta wants to turn the audio up on some of its video cameras, some lawmakers are saying, not so fast. >> reporter: assault and attacks on bus drivers and passengers. it's a growing problem cities in baltimore are reporting. baltimore sees it, too. like this you tube video, showin
if not the most powerful. her career has been extraordinary. not only first lady, but a u.s. senator and secretary of state and somebody who could be again a candidate for the presidency in 2016. >> she came under fire for the attack on the consulate in ben gazay that left four americans dead and a suicide in turkey friday has been called an act of terror by the obama administration. how much will trouble in the mideast at a point her legacy? >> i don't think it will. i think her legacy is pretty clear. is there anybody who looks at her on that tape or any other tape who doesn't see someone they think can perform beautifully as president of the united states? that's a tough bar to clear, but you look at her and think about everybody feels that sense whether they agree politically or not, she is there. i think her legacy will be empowering women and girls around the globe. the 112 countries she visited, not a woman or girl who doesn't think they have rights and abilities they didn't have without hillary plugging for them. the fact that she harnessed high technology. her view is that the cold war an
pink inside the senate intelligence committee today. brennan has been at the center of the successful u.s. mission that both killed osama bin laden as well as the drone strike which took out anwar al awki and brennan said significant threat still remain in the united states as well as the chief bombmaker for al- qaeda whose attempt failed to blow up an american airliner last year and his crist mayday attempt in 2009. -- christmas day attempt in 2009. >> when mr. al-asiri is brought to work it will be because of the work done in the past number of years by some very brave americans in the cia and some other places. >> despite the protests brennan's nomination is expected to sail through the u.s. senate. if confirmed, he will replace former cia director david petraeus who resigned after admitting to an extramarital affair with his biographer. >>> what are you reading these days? coming up why d.c. resident are being called some of the best readers -- resident are being called some of the best readers -- residents are being called some of the best readers in the country. 
that is being called retaliation for u.s. drone strikes. it happened on a pakistani military base in the tribal region of south waziristan. the pakistani taliban claims responsibility. they say the attack is revenge for two drone strikes that killed two of their leaders. two militants also died in the atta attack. >>> also new this morning, north korea is renewing threats against the united states. the country is promising to retaliate against the u.s. for having so-called double standards after neighboring country south korea launched a rocket this week. washington condemned north korea's rocket launch in december but not south korea's launch. north korea hassed no said how it will retaliate. u.s. and south korean diplomats claim north korea used bann enn missile technology. >>> right now, vice president joe biden is meeting with leaders in germany. earlier this morning, he talked about iran's nuclear ambitions at a security conference in munich. he says there's still room for diplomacy if iran is willing to make a good faith effort. >>> today marks one year since the murder of a transgender w
be. it doesn't mean that there is no crime here. >> a major milestone for the u.s. military in afghanistan. for the first time since 2007 more than 30 days has passed with no american military deaths. >> meanwhile just eight days away from the automatic and dramatic budget cuts known as the sequester. >> how can there be cuts to the military. >> on our civilians, it will be catastrophic. >>> lance armstrong is refusing to reveal what he knows about doping. the cyclist will not be interviewed under oath. >>> they could become the latest high-tech craze. >> the new google glasses that allow you to snap photos with the blink of an eye. >>> this survivor dug out of the snow after an avalanche in colorado. >>> all that -- >> the second obama term is starting out with bangor two. >> michelle obama's formal portrait. >> a former senator now admitting he had a secret love child with the daughter of another former senator. >> when did the senate become "the jerry springer show?" when did that happen? >> -- on "cbs this morning." >> a woman called 911
for drone strikes targeting u.s. citizens who are suspected operational leaders of al qaeda. the shift follows mounting demands to see the memos from members of congress. >> they should produce this legal document. i don't think they should hold back anymore. >> i'm going to pull out all the stops to get the actual legal analysis, because without it, in effect, the administration is practicing secret law. >> the move comes two days after nbc news reported on this confidential 16-page justice department white paper that summarized the legal arguments for targeting u.s. citizens who are suspected al qaeda leaders, such as american born anwar al. the white house called such targeted killing a lawful act of self-defense and concluded they did not require the target was plotting a specific attack in the immediate future. the contents of the memo drew sharp criticism from some legal scholars. >> it really looks like a subjective judgment by the american official who will make the call. >> civil liberties advocates say the white house move is not enough. >> it's a memo that really ought to be
five times by protestors. brennan says the drones are only used on planned attacks against the u.s. against citizens. >> i never believe it's better to kill a terrorist than to detain him. we want to detain them to solicit the intelligence from them so we can disrupt follow on attacks. >> the chairwoman of the senate intelligence committee, dianne feinstein says she wants to open more of the hearings to the public. >>> today president obama honors leon panetta. the tribute will take place at joint base meyer henderson. in the meantime, panetta made news yesterday when he said for the first time the pentagon backed the idea of giving arms to rebels in syria. it's been reported hillary clinton and former cia director petraeus asked the white house for permission to arm the syrian rebels but were denied. >>> to d.c. politics now, the city's ethics board says it will not pursue evidence i found against council member jim graham. the board says further action cannot be taken because the incident happened before the ethics board was created. however, a federal grand jury is investigating
.m. eastern. we're waiting for the u.s. house to gavel back in. they should be in shortly to resume debate, to vote on the rule for the re-authorization, the violence against women act. the house will be coming in momentarily. we will have live coverage when they do. elsewhere on capitol hill today, the senate judiciary committee held a hearing looking at proposed legislation in the senate on gun violence. here's part of that hearing from this morning. we cannot allow the carnage that i described to continue without taking action on what is a serious matter of public policy. and that's why i have joined with many of my colleagues, some on this committee, senator schumer, durbin, whitehouse, klobuchar, franken, blumenthal and hirono as well as many others off the committee to introduce legislation to prohibit the sale, transfer, manufacture and importation of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines. as the members of this committee know, we enacted a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines which i authored in the senate and senator schumer sponsored in the house in 1994. unfo
test under kim jong-un, who said the test is aimed at ferocious u.s. hostility towards north korea. in december, also successfully tested a long-range missile, capable of reaching hawaii. the white house is calling this a highly provocative act. and calling on actions from the international community. there's very little the u.s. or the u.n. can do at this point since strong sanctions are already in place. in fact, this morning, north korea is saying, we will consider search of our ships and other sanctions by the international community as an act of war. and, josh, they say it will bring on relentless retaliatory attacks. >> we will certainly keep our eye on this. martha, thank you for that. >>> meanwhile, there's word this morning of a new poll out, planned for the u.s. forces in afghanistan. the pentagon is reportedly pushing a timetable that would keep some 8,000 troops in the country after the mission officially ends next year. white house advisers have pushed for a more aggressive withdrawal. the president is expected to announce a final decision soon. >>> an outpouring of su
's debt crisis. that sent oil prices plunging this morning. >>> and the white house stepping up u.s. involvement in syria's bloody civil war. secretary of state john kerry has promised the rebels trying to overthrow bashar al assad that support from the u.s. is coming. he didn't elaborate further. he did persuade rebel leaders to attend a conference in rome this week. there are reports that saudi arabia is secretly shipping weapons to the rebels, something president obama has refused to do in the past. >>> and next time you're tempted to illegally download music or movies online, you could be in store for a rather rude awakening. beginning this week, the top internet providers will be tracking illegal downloads as part of the new copyright alert system, organized by the entertainment industry. you will get six warnings to stop. and the real punishment kicks in. your service provider will temporarily slow your connection to a crawl. >>> have you seen first lady michelle obama's wardrobe change from the oscars? we saw mrs. obama in her sleeveless silver gown, looking lovely, as she an
taken control of the rq-170 drone. u.s. officials say it crashlanded due to a malfunction. today iranian state television showed footage that has reportedly been downloaded from the drone. the video appears to show an aerial view of an airport in the city of kandahar, afghanistan. iran is also claiming now to have the ability to produce functional copies of smaller american surveillance drones. drones are a hot topic in washington as president obama's choice to head the cia is facing some tough questions. on the hill today, john brennan's confirmation hearing got off to a rough start. >> i speak for the mothers -- >> all right, we will stop again. >> i have a list of all the names and ages -- >> all right. we're going to halt the hearing. i'm going to ask that the room be cleared. >> five separate times today members of code pink had to be escorted out. protesters are angry about brennan's role in crafting the drone policy. targeting suspected terrorists and sometimes killing innocent victims. brennan addressed the protesters directly today, said the use of lethal force is always a last
, including gun violence. derek mcginty is anchoring our state of the union coverage live from the u.s. capital. derek. >> lesli and anita, this will be the president's fourth message. what is new tonight, this is a president fresh off reelection at the peek of his political power. why there will be plenty of political theater tonight. the president's real agenda is moving his agenda. he wants to get things done. the economy and jobs, manufacturing, infrastructure. he'll focus on education reform and energy. the most controversial topic is likely to be gun control, where there will be plenty of guests from both sides of the issue in the house galleries and pointed out by the president as the speech goes on. that would be the political theater, i mentioned a few sentences ago. let's go to tara for the rest of our preview. >> president obama wasn't offering a preview of a state of the union address to reporters this afternoon. >> white house aides say improving the economy and creating jobs will be front and center when the president speaks to congress and the country. >> as he outla
police to complete its investigation. >>> a u.s. congressional delegation is in cuba now, working to free jailed u.s. contractor allen gross. the maryland man was arrested in december 2009 for setting up illegal internet connections as part of a u.s. democracy building program. the 62-year-old was sentenced to 15 years in prison in december 2011. they arrived in havana yesterday, on a two-day fact- finding mission that includes mission leaders and an expected meeting with gross. >>> police are investigating one of the biggest diamond heists in recent memory. in just minutes, millions of dollars in diamonds were stolen from a plane that was getting ready for takeoff. >> reporter: security at brussels international airport is increased, with concrete barriers now in place, around the fence, after a massive diamond heist. investigators say eight masked gunmen, dressed like police officers, broke through the fence monday night and drove two cars onto the tarmac. the men told -- stole an estimated $50 million worth of diamonds from the cargo hold of a
committee will meet today to discuss ways to help the cash strapped u.s. postal service. committee on homeland security and governmental affairs will hear from the postmaster general and the president of the american postal workers union. they will eliminate saturday delivery and will increase postal sees as ways to cut costs. >> fairfax county parents concerned about school safety are encouraged to attend a community meeting tonight. the meeting will be held at 4900 stone possible fraud in chantilly beginning at 7:30. -- at stonecroft boulevard. >> we are checking in with jacqui. snow in the forecast. >> don't be so excited. snow lovers will be disappointed. you really have to go north and west in the higher elevations 4 simulations. i don't think we will see much. it will not affect anybody in the d.c. area. you probably will be having dinner and all by the time it arrives. 36 degrees at this hour, until of 30, wind out of the north northeast at 7. clouds beginning to move in. we have fair skies right now. high, thin clouds across parts of the area. most of the rain will hold off
and there were few accidents. >>> a storm is bearing down on the u.s. east coast this morning and there are disruptions in air travel extended to the bay area. kpix 5 reporter cate caugiran is at sfo with the latest numbers on cancellations. cate. >> reporter: good morning. we're already seeing the effects of that impending east coast winter storm here in our area with flights going to and from the east coast. meanwhile, residents there just have a few hours left to prepare. meteorologists are predicting this to be a potentially historic storm with the amount of snow expected. new york could see a foot and boston up to three feet of snow. the impact of the storm is already being felt here at our airports. the east coast, about 3,000 flights were canceled and at sfo, we've learned 52 flights were canceled for today and that's 35 departing and 17 arriving from either boston, newark, jfk and philadelphia. the last time we checked with airport staff there were no delays as a result of those cancellations. so check with your airline before arri
chinese military is sponsoring hackers who are stealing company secrets from the u.s. and that it's giving them an upper hand in the business sense. there is other kind of hackers action experts will say the hackers from eastern europe and russia are more interested into hacking into bank accounts and using that for, you know, cyber crime and more of a, you know, stealing money from credit cards and such. the chinese almost say they are more interested in taking documents. withe about -- everything is so technology depend ant these days. air traffic controller system. you think about our transportation systems, the electric grid. you can go on and on. a hacker -- could a hacker get into those systems and shut them down? >> that's absolutely what the obama administration is continuing to warn about. during the state of the union address last week, the president mentioned that. again, the possibility that a hacker with the click of a mouse could should down part of the power grid and turn off the lights. >> how do we fight against this? last year, atte
though there's more than enough gas and crude oil. american airlines and u.s. airways are expected to announce a merger this week creating the world's biggest airline. the merged company would have 6500 flights a day and nine major hubs. it would be known as american airlines but run by the u.s. airways c.e.o. >>> identity thief stole its way to the top of the box office. it debuted with $37 million despite the blizzard in the northeast. it's the biggest opening so far this year. >>> a distillery is meeting increased demand by watering down its booze because it can't produce enough bourbon enough. the alcoholic content will go from 90 proof to -- [indiscernible] that's america's money. >>> how is baltimore city doing these days? the mayor will set out her state of the city address. >>> we'll have a preview of tuesday's state of the union and the special guests planning to attend. >> it's being called the storm of the century. as must have as 3 feet of snow was dumped on the northeast. we'll have the latest numbers of those left in the dark and what's being done to dig the people ou
be asked to pay for science labs. why does that matter. >> reporter: teachers say one reason the u.s. may lag behind is that they start early, teaching the subjects to younger students. >> if we can provide a wide range of opportunities from ap courses down to, perhaps, you know, on site or school-based research experiences, to give students more hands-on opportunities. and really to let them see beyond the taxbooks. >> reporter: and make-- textbooks. and make it a tool for life. i'm gigi barnett, wjz eyewitness news. >> now, compared to other nations, american students ranked 25th in math subjects. and 17t in science and technology courses. >>> time now for a quick look at some of the stories you'll find in tomorrow morning's edition of the baltimore sun. a columbia mom is using facebook to gather support for her son, who is a victim of cyber bullying. >>> the oscar made a stop at the inner harbor. and a local woman got an unexpected gift of tickets to the academy awards. >>> johns hopkins' season opener against sienna. for these stories and mor
the deadly terrorist attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. now one gop senator is pledging to hold up the confirmation of two of the president's appointees until he gets some answers about that attack. susan mcginnis is in washington with more. good morning susan. >> good morning, anne-marie. senator lindsey graham has been one of the biggest critics of the white house's response to the attacks in benghazi. now he's threatening to use his senatorial privilege to try to block the nominations of chuck hagel for defense secretary and also john brennan for head of the cia in order to get the white house to give answers. >> you're about to make some news here, i think. you are saying that you are going to block the nominations. you're going to block them from coming to a vote until you get an answer to this. >> yes. >> reporter: on cbs's "face the nation" sunday, senator lindsey graham acknowledged he would use a rule that allows a senator to put a hold on presidential nominees. he hopes by delaying the confirmation of chuck hagel and john brennan he ca
,000 u.s. forces from afghanistan. the military could be hurt by spending cuts on march 1. outside the capital, union members protested the automatic cuts would hit social services. the sequestered require a deal on which date beaches. but there is still no agreement. >> we have the ending debt crisis, not a revenue debt crisis at didn't write that the obama prescription is to spend more to put americans back to work. the liberal agenda he laid out added. saying things that position him on the far left of the political spectrum to achieve an opposite side of divided government look for statement on gun violence. "this murder is heartbreaking. >> when mother had a message for lawmakers. >> you signed up for the job, do the big. i do something on gun, on the budget, and on education. that is sure to be the message. whether prime-time response, republicans are turning to senator marco rubio of florida. >> what ever the president said tonight, you can watch it live with the rest of the nation starting here. >> still to come, dozens of grave sites are robbed of their valuable markers. >
computers in the u.s. earlier in the day, cook told san francisco conference he "bullish on invasion at apple." netflix is teaming with up dream works to create an original children's series based on turbo which will follow the adventures of a snail who lives race cars. and soon be easier to learn how to snow board. the street board hand control system allows beginers to stop and slow down as needed. smart phone maker vir2 is offering a 10,000 dollar smart phone covered with titanium and feature a crystal is a fire display. no word on what sort of reception the android phone gets but who cares? and those are your tech bites. have a wonderful morning. i am diana perez. >>> new for you this morning super storm sandy is expected to be the second costliest psych clone in our u.s. history damage is estimated at 50 billion dollar. hurricane katrina tops the list at 108 billion. sandy battered the northeast and was blamed for 72 deaths from maryland to new hampshire. more than 600,000 homes in new york and new jersey were damaged or destroyed. >>> one community has come up with a clever wa
u.s. citizens who are suspected operational leaders of al qaeda. >> the news came after this white paper that summarized the legal arguments for targeting u.s. citizens who were sus secretaried al qaeda leaders such as a lackey kic al awlaki been charged for a crime. they call it a lawful ability of self defense and concluded they did not require that the target was plotting a specific attacks in the immediate future. the content contents of the memo drew sharp criticism there some legal scholars. >> it really looks like a subjective judgment by the american official who will make the call. >> and civil liberties advocates say the memo is not enough. >> it should be released to the public. if the administration is going to be claiming the authority to kill american citizens, it has an obligation to explain that claim to the public. >> the drone debate will be front and center today when white house counterterrorism adviser john brennan faces his confirmation hearing to be the new cia director. brennan has been the architect of the drone policy and one of its biggest defenders. >> i
from the obama admininistration claims u.s. citins accused of being al-qaeda operatives may lawfully be killed even if there's no evidence of an imminent threat. john brennan, the president's nominee for cia director, will face tough questions about that memo in his confirmation hearing tomorrow. >>> and computer hackers have struck the federal reserve. the hacker group, anonymous, claims to have chosen data belonging to 4,000 bankers. no critical operations have been affected. >>> and it's being called the largest credit card fraud in history. authorities arrested 18 people based in new jersey, accused of stealing some $200 million after creating thousands of fake i.d.s, with stolen social security numbers. using those fake i.d.s to obtain cards, the suspects allegedly wired money to seven countries, including pakistan and china. >>> and abc news has learned that lance armstrong is the target of an active criminal investigation. federal agents are looking into possible obstruction of justice and witness tampering charges. today is the deadline for him to come clean, under oath, to a
and two were killed. reports of several injuries. again, an explosion near the u.s. embassy in the capital of turkey. we'll bring you pdates as soon as we get them. >>> more breaking news now, this time from new york city. that is where former mayor ed koch has died from congestive heart failure. he had been in and out of the hospital throughout month of january, suffering from fluid in his lungs and legs. he was readmitted monday with shortness of breath. but doctors moved him into intensive care yesterday. koch served for three terms from 1978 through 1989, and is credited with saving the city from financial ruin. ed koch was 88 years old. >>> the man wanted for shooting a school bus driver and kidnapping a 5-year-old boy in alabama is still holed up in an underground shelter. negotiators continue to talk to the man identified as jimmy lee dikes through a 4-inch pipe. investigators say dykes has strong anti-government views and the shooting of the bus driver may have been a hate crime. meanwhile, the community continues to hold out hope for the hostage, gathering for a series of village
are in this situation. >> remember, when it came into port, it was not only meant by the u.s. public health service, coast guard, a few ohfficialofficials, there may be lawyers on board. they have to prove those damages. obviously their trip was interrupted, canceled. they didn't get what they wanted. carnival attempted to give them a full refund of everything they did and what they bought except for the gift shop and the casino and just yesterday they threw in an additional $500 and free cruise ship going ahead. they're trying to do what they can. remember that doing all that actually resulted in chartering 50, 60 buses, one of which broke down in new orleans. it was not a pleasant trip certainly even when they got to shore. >> it certainly added insult to injury with the bus breaking down peter. do you think this affected the cruise industry? >> carnival took a hit last year with the "costa concordia." carnival is the largest cruise line in the world, 75 ship many different brands. what you're going to see are serious discounts in the next two to three months. you know what? th
. >>> the u.s. military command in afghanistan announced just a few hours ago that its report about a decline in taliban attacks last year was incorrect. they are calling the mistake a clerical error. the military is preparing to release the correct numbers which would show no drop in the number of talks. >>> a noontime ceremony is planned in new york city to mark the 20th anniversary on the first alternate attack on the world trade center. the city will honor the six people who died in the 1993 bombing of the garage below one of the twin towers. more than a thousand others were hurt. six islamic extremists were responsible for this attack. >>> 7:15. now we're just three days away from those automatic budget cuts becoming law. president obama is traveling today in his fight to prevent the budget cuts. as kyla campbell reports from our washington, d.c. newsroom, the president wants republicans to compromise. kyla? >> reporter: dave, senate democrats came up with a plan that includes both spending cuts and tax increases. senate majority leader, harry reid, was on the floor just a moment ago. re
to fix immigration, u.s. immigration, and cyber security along with the gun violence. another victim of violent crime. >> the families of newtown deserve a vote. the families of aurora deserve a vote. the families of oak creek, tucson, and the countless other communities deserve a simple vote. >> the republican response, marco rubio rejected the president's call for new government programs, saying the best way to help the economy is to reduce the size of the economy. >> his solution to every problem we face is for washington to tax more and spend more. that is an old idea that has failed every time we have tried. >> while the president has focused on domestic calls -- policy, he did call to end and in its involvement in afghanistan by 2014. he said afghanistan is a shadow -- al qaeda is a shadow of itself but still a threat. >> thank you. aside from the economy the debate over gun control. people took the opportunity to redraw battle lines. >> it was no coincidence that the house chamber was full of people who have seen their lives shattered by gun violence. surrounded by supporters,
almost out on the potomac this morning. and there's the u.s. capitol building. and a little early morning daylight showing up, and 27 degrees downtown and it's a whole lot colder out across the western and northern suburbs now. anywhere from falls church and fairfax city out to manassas and bristow, and leesburg all in the teens this morning, and same story across maryland, 20 degrees or older this morning there. and we will inch our way up. by noontime today upper 30s to around 40 degrees, and high temperatures mid to late afternoon today should be in the mid-40s around town. and staying a little cooler today, upper 30s and low 40s for folks into far northern maryland and in the mountains of virginia, and clouds on the increase means the temperatures will not be dropping off as quickly tonight as they did last night. no rain around the area, and first drops just in extreme far west virgia, and that's where the first drops are and they are probably at least 12 hours away and that means we won't have to worry about drops here until well after dark tonight, and then the rain drops start bec
drop off free boxes. i wear a lot of hats. well, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal serviceĀ® no business too small. >> you are watching abc 7 news at 11:00, on your side. >> the countdown to mardi gras took on a violent turn in new orleans. those were gunshots that you heard their on crowded bourbon street as people gathered to mark the weekend before fat tuesday. a witness to the shooting tapes the incident and handed it to police. four people were injured. three are out of the hospital tonight. investigators say an argument preceded the shooting. they are still looking for three men they say were involved. the people are dead after a helicopter crash in los angeles during a film shoot. it happened around 4:00 this morning at a ranch. police say the ranch was being used as a location for a reality tv show. they are looking into the cause of the crash. >> the family of joe paterno says that the university rushed to judgment in the jerry sandusky sex abuse case. they released a report performed by a former attorney general -- he said the report diversity report was fundament
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